$80 IN VOUCHERS AVAILABLE
By Michael P. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – Pit Bulls are the number one breed of dogs admitted to the County’s animal shelters. In an effort to reduce the number of Pit Bulls entering the shelter system, the County applied for state funds to help reduce the cost for local pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs.
The Board of Supervisors have received and approved a grant award of $15,000 from the California Department of Food and Agriculture for the 2013 Municipal Spay-Neuter Grant Fund. Under the county’s grant, funds will be used to help offset the cost for unincorporated pet owners to spay and neuter Pit Bull breeds. This award marks the third year in a row that the County has received grant funds from the Department of Food and Agriculture.
Currently, County Animal Care & Control offers pet owners $50 vouchers in unincorporated areas — including most of the mountain communities — to spay or neuter their dogs. With the new state grant, eligible Pit Bull owners will receive an additional $30 voucher, bringing the total savings to $80 per Pit Bull.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the owners of Pit Bull type dogs to have their pets sterilized at a significantly reduced rate,” according to Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control, “and to allow the owners of Pit Bull type dogs the opportunity to comply with the County’s mandatory Pit Bull sterilization ordinance.”
The San Bernardino County Animal Care & Control Program services the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County and the contract cities of Big Bear Lake, Highland, Rialto (shelter services only) and Yucaipa.
For additional information regarding the County’s spay/neuter voucher program, please call the Pet Overpopulation Coalition (POPCO) at 1-888-767-2550 which provides spay/neuter program assistance and support in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties or visit ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL online.